All Saints' Church, Halifax

serving Salterhebble, Skircoat Green & Copley

Eco Church

All Saints’ Halifax has signed up to the EcoChurch Initiative and has now achieved Silver Award.

Here is an explanation of the scheme copied from their website:

Churches complete the unique online Eco Survey about how they are caring for God’s earth in different areas of their life and work. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco Church Award – the more your church does, the more points you get!

The survey takes you through five key areas of church life:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildings
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

To read more about the initiative: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

Click here to watch a video about the initiaitive: https://youtu.be/vPkxLkjilJM

 

 

 

 

Parishioners at All Saints’ have been encouraged to sign-up to the Carbon Fast for Lent since 2023.

This can be found at: Climate Stewards Carbon Fast for Lent

In the Bible, caring for creation is God’s first instruction to humans. This Lent, a time when Christians traditionally fast and focus on God, we encourage you to take up our Lent challenge – living more simply and finding new ways to cut your carbon footprint. 

How the Carbon Fast works: 

Each week will feature a different theme designed to help us take climate action. You will receive a weekly email containing some key facts, suggestions for how you could reduce your carbon footprint, and a prayer. 

Wildlife Pond

In the autumn of 2023 work was started on creating a pond in the graveyard, to encourage different wildlife into the area.

There is plenty still to do!

Bike Rack Installation

A bike rack was installed at the side of the main church door during March 2023.

This was donated by a parishioner and installed, using garden project funds, by some of our Eco Team with the help of the Community Payback Team who work in the graveyard mid-week.

It will accomodate six bicycles and is intended for use by both church and school.

We take part in Plantlife’s No Mow May initiative as part of our eco awareness.

https://www.plantlife.org.uk/campaigns/nomowmay/

Rev. Jennifer has produced a booklet about the Wildlife in All Saints’ Churchyard.

A copy can be accessed here

A  local charity collects plastic milk bottle tops for educational use in Gambia.

Recycling plastic which would normally end up in landfill.

The Welcome Garden which was made at the front of church in 2019/20 is encouraging the community to garden and respond to the natural world around them. The Uniformed Organisations in the area have been very keen to get invovled: the Cubs and Scouts introducing bird feeders and bug boxes. The Rainbows, Guides and Brownies donated a bird bath and a herb patch has been planted.

A water bowser was sited behind the church in 2021 to collect rainwater for watering the Welcome Garden in dry spells and in 2023 a water butt was placed in the graveyard for watering flowers on the graves.

Posters made by the children's groups 2023

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it”    Psalm 24:1

The Creation Care scheme aims to encourage households to make changes to care for God’s earth. Wherever households are on their creation care journey, we want to provide ideas for their next steps, and recognise progress that’s made.

The scheme covers 7 areas of household life:

  • Worship and prayer
  • Home
  • Garden
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Possessions
  • Community and global engagement

 

Sign up and register for the scheme at https://creationcare.org.uk/

All Saints has signed up to the scheme so if you select our church, you will be added to the households from our congregation who are participating.

Eco Tips

Eco Travel Tips

  • If you are going away pack a zero -waste or sustainable travel kit. Resist the temptation to buy unnecessary new items.
  • If you need to buy toothpaste, toothbrush, cotton pads, wipes and shampoo look for environmentally friendly items. For example, shampoo bars and 100% biodegradable plastic-free eco wipes.
  • Make sure you have a re-usable water bottle and reusable bags.
  • When on holiday in the UK and overseas support the local economy by dining in local restaurants, purchasing locally made souvenirs and gifts, visiting the local markets and pretty much anything local!
  • This way you know your money is being fed back into the community and to the people who are hosting you.

Eco Shopping Tips

  • Every time you buy an item of clothing ask yourself, “Will I wear it thirty times?”. If the answer is yes, then buy it, but otherwise don’t.
  • Buy from thrift shops.You can find some great quality clothes in second hand or charity shops and it’s cheaper than buying new or buying from unethical clothes manufacturers.
  • Look for sustainable, natural materials. Find clothes or linen made from sustainable organic cotton, bamboo or hemp.
  • Do you really need three black t-shirts made out of thin fabric? What if you bought one, made from 100% cotton sourced from sustainable practices? Not only will you dress better, but you’ll feel better about what you wear, too.
  • Buy less often, avoid polyester if you can, buy high quality and wear more often. Polyester, which is the most commonly used fibre in clothing, is made from plastic and will never fully decompose. Instead, it acts like other forms of plastic, which are rarely recycled and will break down into microplastics for years to come, harming wildlife and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Eco Energy Use Tips

  • Energy-saving light bulbs last up to 12 times as much as traditional bulbs, providing the same amount of light quality for much less energy. 80% of the energy used to power traditional bulbs is lost in heating energy, whereas LED light bulbs run at 80-90% energy efficiency.
  • Switch it off. Leaving a room? Switch the light off. Turning the TV off at night? Switch it off at the wall so it isn’t left on standby.
  • Use matches instead of plastic lighters 1.5 billion plastic lighters end up in landfill every year. Switch to matches which you can compost after use.
  • Buy Energy Efficient Appliances. Once an appliance has irreparably broken this is a good time to look into replacing it with a far more energy efficient one.
  • Check your home for draughts. “Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy – and money – in any type of building.” – Energy Saving Trust

Have yourself a merry GREEN CHRISTMAS…

  • Always opt for Christmas cards and wrapping paper made from recycled or FSC-certified paper.
  • Choose cards that you can recycle (no foil or glitter!).
  • Send e-cards!
  • Make your own cards and try to include some recycled materials.
  • Avoid plastic ribbon and tape or foil-backed wrapping paper.
  • When buying Christmas gifts choose a quality item that will last and reduce the chances of it going to waste. 
  • Gift an experience to reduce demand for physical resources: tickets to shows, concerts or events; a restaurant reservation or even make a homemade meal.
  • Buy gifts made from sustainable materials. Avoid single plastics items that can’t be recycled.
  • Buying second-hand items saves on resources needed to make new products.
  • Give a virtual gift from your favourite charity.
  • Keep your carbon footprint low by choosing a UK-grown Christmas tree from a local retailer, and check that your tree is organic and FSC certified.
  • After Christmas either recycle your tree, or try to replant it and create a new home for nature!
  • You need to re-use an artificial tree 10 times to negate its carbon footprint according to The Soil Association.
  • To save electricity, use fewer Christmas lights and make sure you use LED lights.
  • Put your lights on a timer so they can turn off automatically at a certain time.
  • Remember, if you are all congregated in the kitchen, to make sure the lights and TV are off in the living room!
  • Try to buy seasonal food locally, that is organic, animal friendly or fairtrade (LOAF)
  • Don’t buy food items just because they’re traditional if no one actually enjoys them
  • Make space in your freezer for leftovers, or get creative and turn them into something else
  • Offer guests a doggy bag as they go home, so everyone can enjoy using up the leftovers. 
  • When attending one of the services or events during this Christmas season check and see who else is going – offer a lift or share a car. Help to cut down on car use!
  • If you are travelling to see family or friends check out public transport and leave the car at home.
  • Many toys require batteries, so consider purchasing rechargeable batteries which will save you money in the long run. You only need to buy the battery charger once and you can purchase as many AA and AAA rechargeable batteries as you need to use in your home. Make sure to take old non-rechargeable batteries to recycling points (often found by supermarket checkouts).

  • Christmas trees can be put in green waste skips at any of Calderdale’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (make sure that all decorations are removed).       There is also a temporary collection point at Ogden Water Visitor Centre, Ogden Lane, Causeway Foot, Halifax, HX2 8XZ for a donation to Friends of Ogden Water. The trees are used to make a natural barrier around the water.                                                                                                                                                                                       Artificial trees can be given to charity shops.

Eco challenge – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Have a sort out and identify TEN things you can give to a charity shop before the end of the month. If you manage this email a photo to the church office so we can use it to encourage others!

Cut your tubes open to get the last bit of product and don’t let any of it go to waste

Avoid plastic clingfilm by switching to beeswax wraps.

Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

Try a shampoo bar to avoid using plastic bottles.

THINK before you PRINT! Think about whether it is absolutely required to have a document in hard copy. Save personal documents in a folder on your own device or send by email to others.

 

When making packed lunches invest in lunch boxes that are reusable, instead of putting food in bags that are to be thrown out. If a food item truly needs to be wrapped, avoid using cling wrap and opt for more environmentally friendly wrapping materials like beeswax.

Take hard-to-recycle beauty, healthcare and wellness products that cannot be put in the council home recycling to Boots stores.

  • Too small (travel minis, samples, mascaras, etc)
  • Made of composite materials (make-up palettes, compacts, lipsticks, etc)
  • Made from non-recyclable materials (toothpaste tubes, lotion pumps, etc)

 

Shop Local – check out Just Gaia, the plastic free shop in the Piece Hall. Take your own containers to refill or consider their wide range of plastic free products.       Browse (and order!) online at: JustGaia Shop

Or, if you are in Brighouse, Ryecorn Wholefoods have refills for beauty and household cleaning products and cereals.